Lodwick wins Nordic combined gold

Updated: February 22, 2009, 12:39 PM ET
Associated Press

LIBEREC, Czech Republic -- Todd Lodwick of the United States won a Nordic combined event Sunday for his second straight gold at the Nordic skiing world championships.

He pulled away from Jan Schmid of Norway in the final uphill portion of the course and came into the ski stadium alone, raising his arms to celebrate in the final stretch. Lodwick finished in 24 minutes, 22.3 seconds, with Schmid 13 seconds behind and American Bill Demong in third.

After failing to win a medal in six ...

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